Greece : It’s safe to send gay Syrian asylum-seeker back to Turkey

Appeals board ruled it was safe to return the man to Turkey because his claims were ‘unreliable’ and he had lived in Istanbul for several years.

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A gay Syrian migrant who arrived on the Greek island of Lesbos will be sent back to Turkey after his asylum claim was rejected by Greece, AFP reports.

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A board of appeal ruled it was safe to return the man to Turkey after it emerged he had already lived in Istanbul for several years.

The board said the man’s claim that he is gay and was threatened by two ISIL members in Turkey was “unreliable,” according to Greek news agency ANA.

Previously, the board had granted asylum to Syrian applicants on the basis Turkey was not a safe country for them.


It’s well known that Turkey is not known for their “good protection” of the LGBT community – Turkey are more known for their lack of protections of LGBT rights – even Greece should know that – even EU has said they are concern over the lack of protection of LGBT people… so this Greek board of appeal are either uneducated on the subject or just plain homophobic.

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